Cardinal George Pell Dead at 81, leaves legacy of faith and

Cardinal George Pell Dead at 81, leaves legacy of faith and

CNA—Cardinal George Pell, prefect emeritus of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, died on Tuesday at the age of 81. The Australian prelate suffered a cardiac arrest and died at 8:50 p.m. Rome time, his secretary confirmed. A towering figure of the Church both physically and intellectually, Pell served for many years as archbishop of…

Jimmy Lai’s Godfather Speaks out: Jimmy Lai “Chose Those Handcuffs”—Would you and I have such courage?

Jimmy Lai’s Godfather Speaks out: Jimmy Lai “Chose Those Handcuffs”—Would you and I have such courage?

Pro-Democracy, former media tycoon and courageous Catholic Jimmy Lai sentenced to 69 Months in Communist Prison—December 2022 CNA / WSJ—The godfather of an arrested Hong Kong Catholic entrepreneur and pro-democracy advocate says he hopes Jimmy Lai’s courageous example will inspire more calls for justice amid an ongoing crackdown on human rights in now-Communist Hong Kong.…

Remember Jimmy Lai and Cardinal Joseph Zen this Christmas Octave

Remember Jimmy Lai and Cardinal Joseph Zen this Christmas Octave

As we celebrate the Christmas Octave with family and loved ones, in warm homes and beautiful churches, with glorious singing, prayers and with abundant food, gifts and laughter…. our suffering Catholic brethren endure the same Christmas Octave in a cold, sparse, merciless prison in Communist China. They suffer dearly the loss of being able to…

What’s happening in China? St. Francis Xavier, First-hand Images, Communist Oppression…. and a little HOPE

What’s happening in China? St. Francis Xavier, First-hand Images, Communist Oppression…. and a little HOPE

A quick glimpse at what’s happening in China now. As we cull this news, I wonder how many Chinese know of St. Francis Xavier, the Jesuit sent as a missionary to the Far East by St. Ignatius himself (the founder of the Jesuit order). “Go set all on fire” Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552), whose Feast…

Benedictine nun from Ukraine: The church building is in ruins, but the Church is alive

Benedictine nun from Ukraine: The church building is in ruins, but the Church is alive

Ukraine—CNA—After the liberation of the Mykolaiv district in Ukraine from the Russian army last week, residents began to return to their homes with the hope of saving at least some of their possessions. Together with the parish priest, Society of Christ Father Oleksandr Repin, and other nuns, Benedictine Sister Faustina Kovalska went to the site…

Day 2: The Trial of Cardinal Zen in Now-Communist-Ruled Hong Kong

Day 2: The Trial of Cardinal Zen in Now-Communist-Ruled Hong Kong

On Tuesday, Cardinal Joseph Zen’s second day in court in Hong Kong, five witnesses were cross-examined and the magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence to justify a trial. Paul Marshall, the director of the Religious Freedom Institute’s South and Southeast Asia Action Team, told CNA that Zen’s trial “further undercuts [communist] China’s 1997 promise…

Catholics in Poland and Around The World Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet to End War

Catholics in Poland and Around The World Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet to End War

Warsaw, CNA—On Wednesday, Catholics recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the streets of 173 cities in Poland and 44 localities worldwide, according to organizers of the prayer event. “We believe that 10 minutes of supplication to God can change our families, cities, and the whole world,” the organizers said. At 3 p.m. local time, street…

Blessed Sacrament found intact in tabernacle of church burned by armed men in Cameroon

Blessed Sacrament found intact in tabernacle of church burned by armed men in Cameroon

Last Sunday, the priest at a local parish where I attended Mass underscored the “unimaginable power” of Our Lord in the Eucharist and the importance of drawing closer to the Blessed Sacrament by sharing — calmly yet passionately, at the very end of his sermon — that a parish in his homeland had just been…

Will You Curtsy to the Queen?

Will You Curtsy to the Queen?

Crisis—With the passing of Queen Elizabeth, several parallels to our Faith emerged. Here was deceased royalty brought to bear on a grieving nation, and all of the pomp and circumstance, along with the throngs of people along the route of the hearse, brought to mind both our King, Jesus Christ, and His Mother, the Queen…

Queen Elizabeth II Meets the Queen of Heaven…poignantly, on Mary’s Birthday

Queen Elizabeth II Meets the Queen of Heaven…poignantly, on Mary’s Birthday

OldHollywoodandBeyond—That Queen Elizabeth II would end her earthly sojourn today, September 8, 2022, the Feast of the Birth of Mary, Mother of Jesus, is poignant and special. On a personal note, as the Queen was getting ready to breathe her last, my 96-year-old father, recovering in the hospital, and I, said the Holy Rosary for…

A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with Five Popes

A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with Five Popes

(CNA)—Queen Elizabeth II passed away today, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Royal Family already had gathered in Balmoral Castle Thursday amid concerns for Queen Elizabeth II’s health, Catholic bishops in England and Wales have offered their prayers for her and her family. Queen Elizabeth, who turned 96 in…

Cardinal Nichols pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, after her death

Cardinal Nichols pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, after her death

(CNA)—Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, offered prayers for and paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died Sept. 8 while under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland with multiple family members by her side. She was 96. “On 21 April 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, Princess Elizabeth said, ‘I declare before you all that…

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

(CNA)—Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and the oldest and longest-serving head of state in the world, died at the age of 96 Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after a brief illness. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, born on April 21, 1926, was the elder daughter of Prince Albert, duke of York, and…

Gorbachev and Reagan: the capitalist and communist who helped end the cold war

Gorbachev and Reagan: the capitalist and communist who helped end the cold war

Editor’s note — With news of Mikhail Gorbachev’s death, memories of the remarkable, historic actions of then-U.S. President Reagan, Russia’s leader at the time, Gorbachev, and England’s Margaret Thatcher come to mind…. especially the unlikely connection and even a level of friendship between Reagan and Gorbachev. For those living in Soviet Russia at the time,…

Ortega regime in Nicaragua violently shuts down Catholic radio stations

Ortega regime in Nicaragua violently shuts down Catholic radio stations

Terror in Nicaragua as Marxist dictator Ortega’s police target Catholic radio stations. What and Who will be next? CNA—Nicaraguan police broke into Divine Mercy parish the night of Aug. 1 in the town of Sébaco in the Diocese of Matagalpa to shut down one of the five Catholic radio stations closed on Monday by the…

Missionaries of Charity expelled from Nicaragua, along with 100 other NGOs

Missionaries of Charity expelled from Nicaragua, along with 100 other NGOs

The Marxist government of Nicaraguan Sandinista National Liberation Front leader Daniel Ortega, which has been in power for 15 years, expelled 18 Missionaries of Charity from the Central American country on July 6, 2022.  But that’s not all… Ripped away from serving the poorest of the poor According to the newspaper El Confidencial, the nuns…

Where’s the public outrage? Nigeria Owo church attack on Pentecost: Gunmen massacre Catholic worshippers in Ondo

Where’s the public outrage? Nigeria Owo church attack on Pentecost: Gunmen massacre Catholic worshippers in Ondo

On Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, likely terrorist gunmen targeted, massacred and injured a significant number of Catholics celebrating Holy Mass in Ondo state, south-west Nigeria. “We were about to round off service. I had even asked people to start leaving, that was how we started hearing gunshots from different angles,” recounted Father Andrew Abayomi,…

Behind the Red Curtain: A Peek into China’s Draconian Shanghai Lockdown

Behind the Red Curtain: A Peek into China’s Draconian Shanghai Lockdown

Even after two long years of business-crushing Covid lockdown in states such as California and countries such as Canada, it is difficult to imagine what has been happening in the beautiful and once-vibrant city of Shanghai, China, for the past seven weeks – with little sign of ending soon, in spite of words to the…

Beloved Cardinal Joseph Zen, others arrested on Hong Kong security law

Beloved Cardinal Joseph Zen, others arrested on Hong Kong security law

Communist Chinese crackdown in once-free Hong Kong continues to brutally intensify as beloved, 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired former archbishop of Hong Kong, and others were arrested Wednesday in Hong Kong “on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security.” Although early morning reports today indicate the cardinal has been released on…

Pope invites bishops to join him in consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Pope invites bishops to join him in consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Vatican News—The Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be pronounced by the Pope on the afternoon of Friday 25 March in St Peter’s Basilica. The act of consecration will be performed in communion with the local Churches throughout the world. In response to questions from journalists, the director of…

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